Wed 9 Jan | The Providence Journal

Donation to help Brown study aging

A major gift to Brown University’s Program in Public Health will finance a new initiative on healthy aging. The gift, from the Irene Diamond Fund, is a12.5-percent share of a residential building on Roosevelt Island in New York City. When the building is sold in a few years, Brown stands to gain an estimated $4 million to $7 million.

Wed 9 Jan | De Moines Register

Ames Lab to work on Energy Department project

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that a team led by Ames Laboratory on the campus of Iowa State University , has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish an Energy Innovation Hub that will develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for U.S. energy security. Brown is listed as one of the research partners on the project. 

Tue 8 Jan | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee

In speaking about future Knowledge District growth, Gov. Chafee talks about how having one of the world's seven Ivy League medical schools in Providence is a "tremendous asset" and the natural growth that will come out of having several "meds and eds" located so closely in that district. 

Mon 7 Jan | Providence Business News

City trades streets for budget fix

The promise of public streets was an important component in the city's negotiations last year with the major nonprofits, including Brown, to collect a combined $6.25 million in new annual payments in lieu of taxes. As a result of Brown's deal with the city, The University received ownership of four blocks of streets that cross through its campus in College Hill in exchange for an additional $3.9 million annually, plus exclusive rights to 250 on-street parking spaces.

Mon 7 Jan | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Veterans Tell Elite Colleges: 'We Belong'

An article on the number of veterans who use the GI Bill to enroll in elite universites, which remains low, profiles David Salsone, one of only six undergraduate veterans at Brown who was also the first student admitted under the Yellow Ribbon Program. 

Mon 7 Jan | Providence Daily Dose

Fingers Crossed For American Elms

An article on some of the trees around the city that have been affected by Dutch elm disease mentions Brown's "carefully tended" collection of elms on the main green and also notes that the University is trying out a resistant Homestead variety American elm near the Van Wickle gates.

Mon 7 Jan | Boston Review

The Best of 2012

"Much to Answer For," an essay by Glenn Loury, professor of economics, on the legacy of political scientist James Q. Wilson, makes the list of ten of the most well-received essays and forums from 2012.

Mon 7 Jan | The New York Times

City Names 17 Schools Slated to Close

Norm Fruchter, the senior policy analyst at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, is quoted in this blog post on New York City's recent decision to close 17 schools. Fruchter cites research that suggests that schools being closed tend to have high concentrations of the demographics who do poorly, and that as the city continues to close schools, those students become concentrated in fewer and fewer schools — which are then closed themselves.

Sun 6 Jan | The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Attacking C. diff from the bottom up

An editorial on C. diff infections cites research by Colleen Kelly, clinical assistant professor of medicine, who has been using fecal transplants against C. diff for a couple of years now as an unconventional, but seemingly successful, way to treat the bacterial infection.

Fri 4 Jan | Teachers.net Gazette

Teaching Teens About Climate Change, Health – Free New H.S. Curriculum

A Brown University class on the effect that climate change could have on human health has produced a free new curriculum for high school teachers. The nine-module unit, which reflects feedback from teachers, includes lecture background and ideas for warm-ups, in-class activities, and assessment.

Fri 4 Jan | U.S. News & World Report

Doze No More: New Technology Combats Drowsy Driving

Mary Carskadon, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, is quoted in this article on new technology to combat falling asleep at the wheel. Carskadon says that people who fall asleep while driving may have a serious sleep disorder and not even know it and that sleepiness detectors in cars could help. 

Wed 2 Jan | Gannett News

'No' on cliff solution could be seen as anti-tax cut, some say

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the politics of the fiscal cliff negotiations: "The irony is that Grover Norquist gave a 'pass' to all the GOPers who did vote for the bill, saying it did not violate his anti-tax pledge precisely because it cut taxes for 99 percent of Americans."

Wed 2 Jan | Bloomberg Businessweek

The Fiscal Cliff Deal and the Damage Done

Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, comments on what might have been a better tactic for Congress in dealing with the fiscal cliff: “Democrats should have said to Republicans, ‘You’re the guys who created the debt. We’ll deal with the debt when we return to growth. Get lost.’”

Wed 2 Jan | Minnesota Public Radio

The politics of the fiscal cliff

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, appears as a guest with Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake to discuss the fiscal cliff deal and what Congress could have done differently. 

Wed 2 Jan | WJAR

Analysis: Local impact of fiscal cliff deal

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, offers a local perspective on the fiscal cliff deal, including the impact of upcoming spending cuts. "We don't know how they'll be shaped and how drastic they will be and what price Rhode Islanders will have to pay. So even though we feel like it's finished, the heavy lifting is about to start," Schiller says.

Mon 31 Dec | Providence Business News

3 local physicians named national public health heroes

Three local physicians – Drs. Gary Bubly, Josiah D. Rich and Peter Simon – were named “Public Health Heroes” by the Association of State and Health Territorial Officials. Rich and Bubly both teach at the Alpert Medical School. 

Mon 31 Dec | New York Daily News

Tried and (not necessarily) true, a host of hangover remedies awaits those who pay the price after partying too hard on New Year's Eve Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/beat-dreaded-hangover-tips-tricks-article-1.1230672#ixzz2H0u64N

Damaris Rohsenow, professor of behaviorial and social sciences, says that while the "hair of the dog" hangover remedy hasn't been studied in the U.S., most physicians recommend addressing symptoms such as headache and upset stomach. She also cites her own research that found that smoking cigarettes can worsen hangover symptoms. 



Sun 30 Dec | The Providence Journal

Maintain R.I.’s investment in research

Brown President Christina Paxson and URI President David Dooley co-author an op-ed urging political leaders "to consider the importance of and need for strategic investment in one of our nation’s most valuable resources: higher education."


 

Sun 30 Dec | The Providence Journal

Maintain R.I.’s investment in research

Brown President Christina Paxson and URI President David Dooley co-author an op-ed urging political leaders "to consider the importance of and need for strategic investment in one of our nation’s most valuable resources: higher education."


 

Thu 27 Dec | GoLocalProv.com

12 Biggest Healthcare Stories in RI in 2012

Two stories out of Brown make the list: research that found that that nicotine itself, a component of cigarette smoke, can contribute to heart disease in insidious ways and the discovery that certain treatments for Lyme Disease have been unjustly dismissed and defunded. 

Thu 27 Dec | EcoRI

EcoReps Sift Through Brown Trash for Recyclables

EcoReps, an environmental student group at Brown focused on creating behavioral changes, recently hosted Trash Sort 2012, where they opened up 40 bags of trash and recycables on Wriston Quad to see how accurately students dispose of their waste. 

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